In this article, I will discuss the common causes of yellow leaves on a Madagascar Dragon Tree 🌳 & what can be done to address the issue.
Understanding the reasons for yellow leaves 🌿 and taking appropriate action can help keep your Madagascar Dragon Tree healthy and vibrant.
Older Leaves Turn Yellow Naturally
Age is a very simple explanation for why leaves🍂 turn yellow and drop off. As a plant gets older & taller, its lower leaves grow old and fall off on their own.
Cut them off or pull them away when this happens. At the top of the plant, the old leaves are being replaced by new growth.
Dry Air Damages Leaves On A Dracaena Plant
If the air is too dry, the tips of the leaves🍁 on your Dracaena plants will likely turn brown & the edges will turn yellow. Loss of leaves will definitely happen. Put your Dracaena plant on a pebble tray filled with water to solve this problem.
- set the plant on top of the pebbles
- be careful not to let the water touch the bottom of the pot
- as the water evaporates it increases the humidity level surrounding your plant.
You can also mist your plant every day instead of using a pebble tray. putting a humidifier in the room will also help.
Dracaenas Do Not Like Sudden Temperature Changes
Cold draughts are another big reason why Dracaena plants’ leaves turn brown or yellow. Dracaena likes a warm temperature that stays between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit all the time.
During the spring & fall, temperatures 🔥 can drop a lot at night. During the summer, your plant might be happy near an open window. but if it’s cold outside you might want to move it or close the window at night.
Cold, Soggy Potting Mix Causes Leaves to Die
When temperatures are cold and there is too much water, bacteria & fungi tend to grow. these things can cause leaves🍂 to turn brown or yellow.
If your plant has an infection, you may see wet & soft spots on the leaves. Sometimes, blisters can happen. all of these are signs of a sickness called leaf spot.
You can fix this by cutting off the parts of the plant that are hurt. You might want to re-pot the plant in new soil as a last resort. make sure the container has enough holes for water to drain.
Move your Dracaena plant to an area with:
- better lighting
- a higher temperature
- Improved ventilation
- Keep the potting mix slightly moist
- Avoid allowing the potting medium to become very dry or soaking wet
Overwatering Causes Fungal Infections
If you give the Madagascar dragon tree too much water💦, it can get fungus infections & other problems. When the soil stays too wet for too long, it can be a good place for fungus to grow.
Fungal infections can make the leaves turn yellow, wilt & even fall off. also if the soil is too wet it may not drain well which can cause the roots to die from suffocation.
Look for signs like discolored or mushy leaves or mold or mildew on the soil or leaves to tell if a plant has a fungal infection. To stop fungal infections, it’s important not to give the soil too much water & to make sure it drains well.
If the plant already has a fungal infection, the sick leaves should be taken off & the plant should be treated with a fungicide.
It’s also important to keep an eye on the humidity around the plant since high humidity can also cause fungal infections.
Underwatering Causes Crispy Leaves
The Madagascar dragon tree can Also have problems if it gets too little water, like getting crispy leaves. If a plant doesn’t get enough water, its leaves can dry out & break.
This can happen if the plant doesn’t get enough water or if the soil dries out too fast between waterings. Look for signs like dry, crispy leaves or leaves that are drooping or wilting to tell if your plant is getting too little water.
Check to see if the soil feels dry when you touch it. To avoid underwatering make sure the plant gets the right amount of water & the soil doesn’t dry out completely.
Putting your finger in the soil is a good way to check how wet it is. If the soil is dry, it’s time to water it. It’s also important to keep an eye on the temperature, humidity & airflow around the plant, as these things can also affect how much water it needs.
Poor Water Quality Causes Yellow/Brown Leaves
Don’t use tap water to water plants. chemicals like fluoride and chlorine are often used to treat it. Both of these chemicals can hurt dracaena plants.
Use distilled water rainwater🌧️ or water from a bottle. You can use tap water but before you use it, let it sit out in the open air for a day or two. this will give the chemicals a chance to go away.
Dracaena is especially sensitive to fluoride. if fluoride is added to your tap water, it will build up in the soil and kill your plant. When this happens, the tips of the leaves will start to turn brown and the rest will turn yellow.
If You don’t fix the problem the plant’s leaves will turn brown & it will die. If you think your plant’s soil has too much fluoride in it, you should:
You Could also put the plant in a new pot with new soil. water with rainwater bottled water, or water that has been distilled from now on.
Salt Buildup Causes Yellow/Brown Leaves
When you use fertilizers with superphosphate, salts from the fertilizer can build up in the potting soil. be aware that this is in potting soils that have perlite in them. When planting Dracaena, don’t use potting soil that has perlite in it.
Choose a liquid fertilizer that is balanced. Only use it when the plants are growing (i.e. early springtime to mid-autumn).
if you think that fertilizer salts have built up in the soil you can try flushing them out with clean, fresh water. Put the water on the ground. let the extra water run out of the holes until the water is clear.
Pest Infestation is Common with Yellow/Brown Leaves
Pests can get into a plant if its leaves are yellow or brown. Pests like aphids, spider mites & mealybugs are often to blame. These bugs can hurt the leaves by sucking out the sap which makes the leaves turn yellow or brown.
Small holes in the leaves, sticky spots on the leaves or nearby surfaces & small insects or webs on the plant are also signs of a pest problem.
To get rid of a pest problem you need to figure out what kind of pest it is & use a method that works, like insecticidal soap or neem oil.
Pests are less likely to show up in a garden if it is properly watered, gets enough sun & is kept clean.
Here I have concluded about Madagascar Dragon Tree Yellow Leaves🍂. I hope you find this information useful. nevertheless, if you have more queries concerning this information, You can Contact us By visiting this page.
Dragon Tree FAQs
Q. Why are my Dragon Tree leaves turning yellow?
The edges of leaves begin to droop and brown in low humidity and dry soil & then the entire leaf begins to yellow, brown, and shrivel. Regular misting, using a humidifier, or using a pebble tray will all increase the humidity in your Dracaena’s environment.
Q. Should I cut yellow leaves off Dracaena?
Age is one pretty straightforward cause of the yellowing and shedding of leaves. The lower leaves of a plant naturally develop & fall off as it gets higher and grows older. If this occurs, cut them off or remove them away. The plant’s top has new growth replacing the old leaves.
Q. Can yellow tree leaves turn green again?
The plant abandons the leaf after it stops producing chlorophyll and starts utilizing any remaining nutrients in the leaf. Because of this, you usually can’t convert a leaf back to green once it turns yellow. (However, in instances of nutrient deficits, the yellow leaf color occasionally becomes green again with therapy.)
My Name is Rutvik Thakor, Author, and Owner of This blog. The reason behind this blog is to share some information about Dragon Tree (common) called also Dracaena marginata (botanical/scientific). I have a detailed guide written on this blog about growing and caring tips for the Dragon Tree plant and how to propagate Dragon trees properly.